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Remote sensing of cloud, aerosol, and water vapor properties from the moderate resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS)

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4 Author(s)
King, M.D. ; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA ; Kaufman, Y.J. ; Menzel, W.P. ; Tanre, D.

The authors describe the status of MODIS-N and its companion instrument MODIS-T (tilt), a tiltable cross-track scanning spectrometer with 32 uniformly spaced channels between 0.410 and 0.875 μm. They review the various methods being developed for the remote sensing of atmospheric properties using MODIS, placing primary emphasis on the principal atmospheric applications of determining the optical, microphysical, and physical properties of clouds and aerosol particles from spectral reflection and thermal emission measurements. In addition to cloud and aerosol properties, MODIS-N will be used for determining the total precipitable water vapor and atmospheric stability. The physical principles behind the determination of each of these atmospheric products are described, together with an example of their application to aircraft and/or satellite measurements

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 1992

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